CONDENSATION – Facts and Prevention!
Winter is here which means condensation is too! Here is some information about condensation and how to prevent it.
What is Condensation?
Condensation is the appearance of water on cold surfaces. It occurs where moist air meets air or a surface which is at a lower temperature. Water from condensation is generally noticeable where it forms on non-absorbent surfaces like windows or tiles. However, it can form on any surface and it may not be noticed until mould growth or rotting materials occur.
Did you know some normal daily activities can produce a lot of moist air quickly? Here are some tips for tenants to help reduce, ventilate and prevent condensation in your property.
Producing less moisture!
Here are some tips to producing less moisture:
• Cover your pans when cooking
• Try not to leave kettles boiling longer than necessary
• Avoid using paraffin and portable gas heaters
• Dry washing outdoors. If it is raining, use a clothes airer in the bathroom with the door closed and the window or fan open
• Do not dry washing directly on your room radiators as this produces more water vapour and cools the room at the same time
• Run the cold water first when running a bath as this prevents steam build up
How to remove moisture
Now we’re getting to grips on how to produce less moisture, how about removing what has already been created? Your home can be ventilated to reduce moisture, but did you know you can do this without creating draughts:
• Keep a window slightly open
• Use a room ventilator when the room is in use
• Use an extractor fan, they only use 1/5th of the power of a 100-watt bulb
• In your bedroom, if possible, leave a window slightly open at night
• Close your kitchen and bathroom doors while the rooms are in use to stop the warm moist air producing condensation in other cooler rooms
• Don’t clutter wardrobes and cupboards, this can stop the air circulating
• Don’t block ventilators, air bricks and chimneys
• Dry your windows and window sills preferably every morning or as often as you can
• Don’t push sofas and beds up against outside walls which are cooler and attract condensation. Bedding can get damp if air cannot circulate around it. To be sure, leave a 9-inch gap.
How to prevent condensation
Condensation can be prevented, below are our recommendations as to how to go about this:
• Heat your home. Keep the heat on low all day in very cold weather, not only will this keep your house nice and warm for you without creating a huge bill, but condensation is less likely to form in warm houses. Short bursts of heat a couple of times a day will generally not be enough to maintain a suitable temperature through the day.
• Remove as much clutter as possible from rooms
• If you already have evidence of moisture on the walls clean down with disinfectants or a fungicidal wash regularly.
• Use a dehumidifier in the main affected room, you can also get moisture catching devices from many stores to keep in the corner of your room. These range from £1 upwards
Help your home stay healthy this winter, don’t let the condensation build up! If you would like more information, please contact our team.